Animal Pills Confiscated From Local Flea Market

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — An investigation is now under way to find out how medicine intended only for animals ended up being sold for humans at a local flea market.

Police officers told CBS13 Monday that they uncovered a vendor at the Folsom Boulevard Flea Market selling medication illegally.

Some of those drugs are antibiotics marketed for people, but police found out those drugs were made for a different species. They say what was being sold were antibiotics for cows.

“It would be very risky just in general,” said large animal veterinarian Dr. Langdon Fielding, who says humans and animal medication shouldn’t mix.

“Some can actually be perfectly OK in one species and in another species be toxic or lethal,” he said.

There was no indication anyone fell ill from taking the cow drugs, and in fact cops say they confiscated the medications from the vendor. They have not made any arrests while they investigate.

So while no arrests have been made, cops say they are continuing that investigation and say it’s a good reminder never to take medicine not prescribed to you.


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